The ethos of Stromness Community Garden is to offer affordable growing spaces for the local community within a supportive environment. The aim is to provide a dynamic community space combining allotment style plots, a communal polytunnel, a community garden hub and areas of wild and shelter belt planting. Membership fees are low (£5 per annum) and rental on plots is offered at a rate per square metre, designed to attract gardeners who wish to work a small plot as well as those who want to work on a bigger scale. Concessions are offered to older people and disabled people as well as to students and those on lower incomes. Members are not compelled to have a plot and can enjoy the communal garden.
Access to Stromness Community Garden will be as level as possible and the area of hard standing will allow vehicles to park within the garden area. Paths made of wooden sarking and locally sourced hard core and rock dust dressing will be created to offer easy access to plots, shed and polytunnel and raised beds will be used.
Stromness Community Garden aims to offer a relaxed, informal and supportive environment and has policies and procedures in place to ensure this approach is carried on into the future. It is recognised that gardening can offer great therapeutic benefits to older people and disabled people in particular as well as other sections of the community.